Notes: Ryan coming along on schedule
Reliever Frasor still feeling ill; Gaston back at Knology Park
DUNEDIN, Fla. -- For the first time since injuring his left elbow last May, B.J. Ryan wasn't worried about how his arm felt. Instead, Toronto's closer was able to focus on mechanical issues while throwing against Minor League hitters during a batting-practice session on Sunday.
"That was the big thing for me today," said Ryan, who had Tommy John elbow ligament replacement surgery on May 10. "You stop worrying about your arm, because you know it's OK, and now you start nitpicking things that you need to work on, which is where I want to be at right now."
During the 25-pitch session at the Bobby Mattick Training Center, Ryan worked in a mix of fastballs and sliders, and he said he was growing more comfortable with his arm slot. The pitcher said his location wasn't as sharp as it has been, but that the movement on his breaking ball was good.
"He's right where he needs to be," Blue Jays general manager J.P. Ricciardi said. "He looked good. He threw well. He had a good breaking ball again and a good tempo. The ball came out of his hand really well. Cross another day off the list."
When Ryan returned to Knology Park, he met briefly with Dr. Timothy Kremchek -- the surgeon who performed the pitcher's operation. Kremchek examined Ryan's arm and discussed the upcoming plan, which calls for the left-hander to throw in either a simulated game or a third batting-practice session on Wednesday.
"It was pretty much the plan we already had set out," said Ryan, who isn't scheduled to pitch in a Grapefruit League game until around mid-March. "We just wanted to talk to him and get a second opinion. I just kind of got checked up to see where everything was at. Everything was good and I'll just follow the plan they have set up."
Frasor still sick: Blue Jays reliever Jason Frasor, who has been sidelined with flu-like symptoms since Friday, said he was still feeling under the weather on Sunday. The right-hander has yet to appear in a Grapefruit League contest and isn't scheduled to throw again until a side session on Tuesday. First baseman Lyle Overbay and infielder Joe Inglett suffered from similar symptoms last week.
A wish come true: When 13-year-old Sean Clayton was hospitalized in Montreal with a life-threatening case of leukemia in 2006, he had one wish: to play catch with Jays ace Roy Halladay. Make-A-Wish Quebec helped make that dream come true last week, when Halladay spent part of his day with Clayton. On Sunday, Clayton, who is now in remission, suited up as an honorary bat boy for the Blue Jays.
Be our guest: Former Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston was at Knology Park on Sunday, serving as a guest coach for Toronto. Prior to the game against the Reds, Gaston received a standing ovation from those in attendance before throwing out the ceremonial first pitch. Former Jays pitchers Pat Hentgen and Dave Stieb have also been in camp as guest coaches.
Roster move: Following Sunday's game, the Blue Jays returned catcher J.P. Arencibia, who was a first-round pick by Toronto in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft, to Minor League camp. There are 59 players, including 19 non-roster invitees, still in camp for the Jays.
Coming up: Blue Jays right-hander Shaun Marcum is scheduled to make his first start of Spring Training when Toronto hosts Cleveland at 1:05 p.m. ET on Monday at Knology Park. The Indians will counter with righty Fausto Carmona.
Jordan Bastian is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.